Thanks to a two-safety performance, Lampasas linebacker Case Brister became the third Badger to be named KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week this season.
With the typically high-octane offense struggling to produce points early against visiting Burnet, the Badgers linebacker found other ways to light up the scoreboard.
Brister’s first safety were the game’s opening points in the first quarter, and after seeing the cushion inflate to 16-0, he delivered again with his second safety, and Class 4A, Division I No. 9 Lampasas was never threatened en route to a 45-13 victory.
The performance resulted in a one-sided victory in the polls.
With 425 of the 715 total votes cast, Brister was easily named player of the week, receiving 210 more votes than his closest competitor to join Lampasas running back Jack Jerome and Badgers quarterback Ace Whitehead as winners of the award.
Harker Heights receiver Mikelle Mason finished second, accumulating 30 percent of the vote after catching five passes for 108 yards and a touchdown to help the Knights defeat visiting Waco 31-21 for their third consecutive victory.
Copperas Cove senior running back Micah Cox and Shoemaker running back Devin Brown rounded out the nominees.
Cox posted 312 all-purpose yards, carrying the ball 27 times for 155 yards and returning four kickoffs for 157 yards, including a 96-yard touchdown, in a 42-20 loss to Waco Midway.
Brown had 154 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 21 carries to help the Grey Wolves defeat Ellison 29-28.
Nominees for KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week will be announced each Sunday with links to the online poll available at KDHpressbox.com and KDHnews.com. Additionally, winners will be revealed at the same time.
Voting opens each Sunday at noon and runs through Wednesday at noon.
This week’s nominees:
KADARIUS MARSHALL, Killeen
The Kangaroos junior running back returned after missing a game to injury to rush for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Killeen defeated Belton 44-17 to earn the program’s first victory against the Tigers in six seasons.
JAIME VARGAS, Harker Heights
The Knights kicker connected on a 27-yard field goal with 3 minutes, 36 seconds remaining to cap off the scoring in a 17-14 victory at Waco Midway, snapping the Panthers’ 38-game district winning streak.
HUNTER TURK, Salado
The Eagles running back carried the ball 19 times en route to 148 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter, as Salado defeated Lorena 35-21 on the road.
DAMASHJA HARRIS, Ellison
The Eagles sophomore running back posted a game-high 212 rushing yards on 19 carries, including a 64-yard touchdown, en route to finishing with an 11.2 yards per carry average in a 64-38 loss to District 12-6A unbeaten Temple.
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